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International recognition – again!

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Mother and daughter team Christelle Erasmus and Alana van den Berg received the great news that their book Timeless one-dish winners was indeed a winner in the 2011 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

The actual award was for Best Cookbook Photography in South Africa, so photographer Ivan Naudé definitely and deservedly shares the podium with them.

La Montagne, Christelle’s lovely guesthouse in Riebeeck-Kasteel, was the location for the photography, and my overall recollection of the balmy to seriously hot November days we spent there cooking, clicking and tasting was that we had such fun! Work started at 5 am and we never finished before late at night, whether planning, prepping or propping the next shot. Mealtimes were magnificent because we always had so much to choose from, and the most challenging task was to choose the right wine for each dish.

In between we were entertained by a spider catching a fly in its web (with detailed photographic evidence provided by Ivan), hunted for fresh herbs when the heat wave wreaked havoc with our basil and coriander, and also went shopping and found terrific additional props at Garden Blue and La Maison in Riebeeck-Kasteel’s quaint main road when two living rooms stacked with same proved to be insufficient to satisfy our quest for visual variety.

When people really enjoy working together to produce a book, it cannot but show on its finished pages. Go feast your eyes and you will simply want to taste the scrumptious food.

This was not Christelle’s first award either. In 2010 her Family cook daily planner won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Most Innovative Cookbook in South Africa. Her clever concept and its practical application are indeed innovative, and the 2011 version is just about sold out.

And now that same team, with a lot of input from the most amazing “extras”, will be doing it again. Watch this space ...

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Written by: Metz Press - 31 January 2012
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